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13:39 UK time, Friday, 16 March 2007

The Magazine index today warmly welcomes a new weekly feature: Indexed.

Created by Jessica Hagy, and chronicled on her blog, Indexed offers a neat analysis of modern life, all incorporated into that underused medium of index cards, the type of which one would have found in the pre-computer school library.

Praise for Jessica in the blogosphere has been plentiful, including one blogger who said: "In a surprisingly insightful manner, these doodles on index cards poke fun at fashion, politics, television and every other area of culture and human nature." Another wrote: "Jessica uses charts, graphs and Venn diagrams to clarify her thinking. Then she shares her conclusions as 3x5 cards with visitors to her blog."

The Magazine is very happy to welcome Jessica and is sure everyone will be nice to her. Comments can be left here.


  1. At 03:27 PM on 16 Mar 2007, Sue wrote:

    I have been a huge fan of Indexed and Jessica for a while now. How fantastic to have her join Magazine...of which I am also a huge fan!

  2. At 04:25 PM on 16 Mar 2007, plot wrote:

    I love indexed! The social commentary displayed with mathmatical precision cuts right to the heart of the frailty of the human condition. Thanks for showing Indexed, BBC.

  3. At 04:46 PM on 16 Mar 2007, Daniel wrote:

    Fantastic! The intersection of two of my daily reads in the same place.

  4. At 04:51 PM on 16 Mar 2007, Ray wrote:

    Hi Jessica, welcome to the Magazine. Do you know how many 3x5 index cards you can fit on the side of a Routemaster bus?

  5. At 04:55 PM on 16 Mar 2007, charles wrote:


  6. At 05:01 PM on 16 Mar 2007, Pix6, Vienna wrote:

    Very pretty, but I don't come to the BBC for whimsy!

  7. At 05:27 PM on 16 Mar 2007, lydia wrote:

    Fantastic news! The indexed blog is amazingly on point. Welcome to the Magazine, Jessica.

  8. At 05:46 PM on 16 Mar 2007, mentat wrote:

    I think Jessica is extremely creative. What a novel and entertaining idea! Love it

  9. At 06:04 PM on 16 Mar 2007, Janey wrote:

    In the morning I come to the bbc for news, by afternoon tea-break I'm all for whimsy and pedantry!
    Now I have months of Indexed to go through - joy!
    And as a librarian in the electronic age, I love the kitsch touch of the index card...

  10. At 07:00 PM on 16 Mar 2007, Zach wrote:

    It may be whimsy but it's certainly poignant all the same.

    Thank you Jessica!

  11. At 08:14 PM on 16 Mar 2007, kelpkim wrote:

    I for one think whimsy, very articulate and well-diagrammed whimsy, is great, no matter what the forum.
    Besides, who wants politics and depressing war info all the time?
    It's nice to have a little something that makes you smile or laugh.
    If you don't like it, don't read it!
    thank you.
    Indexed Fan.

  12. At 08:43 PM on 16 Mar 2007, Veronica wrote:


  13. At 09:11 PM on 16 Mar 2007, pippa wrote:

    Vienna: why not?! Indexed is amazing. I'm a fan.

  14. At 09:53 PM on 16 Mar 2007, Hemant wrote:

    As a fan of Jessica's, I'm thrilled that you're featuring her here. I'm sure other readers will agree with me. She's witty, clever, and makes me wish I had been drawing on notecards during my college classes instead of doing crossword puzzles.

  15. At 06:26 AM on 17 Mar 2007, LJN wrote:

    Very nice feature. Please include the title with the card...this one is called "Sometimes average is good."

  16. At 07:00 AM on 17 Mar 2007, Dan McCole wrote:

    I only discovered this through her appearance on Penn podcast and loved the worst camping trip .

  17. At 11:50 AM on 17 Mar 2007, Vasu wrote:

    Welcome to the Monitor, Jessica. It will sure be wonderful to have you in this fun-place.
    So, will there be a flexicon entry to describe this?

  18. At 11:43 AM on 18 Mar 2007, JJ wrote:

    BBC sinks to new low... And I thought this years Red-Nose 'comedy' was bad.

    Can I have a refund on my licence fee as I think you idiots are squandering it?

  19. At 08:42 AM on 19 Mar 2007, Jim wrote:

    I missed "Sentence Diagramming 101" (I didn't go to "Grade" school), so consequently I just don't get it. Am I alone?

  20. At 11:12 AM on 19 Mar 2007, Phil wrote:

    Where? Where is it?

  21. At 12:05 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Ric wrote:

    I have been a devoted fan of Jessica's deeply intelligent and sweetly dry humor for awhile. Congrats for adding all that to Magazine. You just acquired a new reader.

  22. At 01:01 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Monitor wrote:

    To Phil, who asks "where is it?" Ahh it's like a will-o-the-wisp. Catch it on Fridays and over the weekend, because by Monday morning it will be gone.

  23. At 04:26 AM on 24 Mar 2007, kingmedia wrote:

    I think that it is great for the BBC to highlight the work of Jessica. There at times is a lot of great ah-ha ideas that are created by her indexes and certainly is a refreshing break from the norm. Just like the funny pages, but better.

  24. At 01:59 AM on 26 Mar 2007, jurisnaturalist wrote:

    I'd never been to the BBC site before, but I read indexed blog regularly. Now, I'll check in here, too. Thanks for adding her to your site.

  25. At 03:25 AM on 01 Apr 2007, Nicholas Roycroft wrote:

    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

    Bravo! How fresh, so wonderfully dry, poignant, alive with a style so welcome at the magazine.

    Ten million, billion, trillion welcomes, hugs and kisses.

    'Hope your not really Gary Larsen on diet pills out of retirement. xo

  26. At 05:33 PM on 13 Apr 2007, Feefers wrote:

    I'm sorry to be the only person not to like Indexed but they are just bland and uninsipired, I probably just don't "get it" but they aren't funny or even thought provoking.

  27. At 08:59 AM on 16 Apr 2007, hazel love wrote:

    #19 Jim...I think it is a problem with being English, not with not having been to 'Grade' School. I don't get it fact I don't get most of them...but then, does everyone? Really?

  28. At 03:50 PM on 20 Apr 2007, Roland wrote:

    Congratulations Jessica! I think you deserve a prominent spot in the arena of the readers' attention. Your idea is simply brilliant and an innovative, looking at things in life trough math.
    The execution is sweet, simple and inviting.
    As a former math teacher I would say it's one of the answers to a pupils' question wether and how math can be used in everyday life.
    I am a regular visitor to your blog and I will continue to do so as long as you have the inspiration!
    Greetings from Antwerp.

  29. At 03:50 PM on 20 Apr 2007, andie riley wrote:

    I just dont get it. Must be me.

  30. At 04:22 PM on 20 Apr 2007, Paul March wrote:

    Brilliant. Just brilliant. They are such a great idea. Thanks BBC.

    I can't believe there are people that are complaining about this. How about a Venn Diagram for them Jessica?

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